Robotics and Learning Reading Group
- Meeting Time and Location
- Old Announcements
- About the Robotics and Learning Reading Group
- Readings for Fall 2003
- Readings from Spring 2003
- Readings from Fall 2002
Meeting Time and Location
The reading group meets on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 in Olsen 210A, unless otherwise noted.
TALK ANNOUNCEMENT: Thursday, 25 September 2003, 3:00-4:00pm, Olsen 311
Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at the WTC
Mark Micire, American Standard Robotics
On September 11th, professor Robin Murphy and three graduate students from the Perceptual Robotics Lab at the University of South Florida responded to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. They drove to the World Trade Center with their search-and-rescue robots, which can navigate through rubble to "look" for trapped victims in places where rescuers can't go. Mark Micire was one of those students and spent 11 days in New York providing robotic search and rescue services to FEMA and FDNY, using shape-shifting robots that could venture into spaces too small or dangerous for people or dogs.
This talk will review the lessons learned from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue's response to the World Trade Center Disaster. This is the first known robot-assisted search and rescue response and the culmination of 6 years of research and training.
The talk will describe how the robots were used to search for victims, helped rescue teams select voids for further searching, and conducted building clearing. Video of the robots, their interfaces, and views from their sensors will be used to illustrate key findings on mobility, sensing, control, and human-robot interactions.
After completing his masters thesis analyzing the robot problems and failures at the WTC disaster, Mark co-founded a company to manufacture and sell robots specifically designed for the search and rescue community. His company, American Standard Robotics, has been working for the past year to make this technology a reality by working with industry, academia, corporate, and government agencies. They are currently evaluating their first prototypes and moving forward in this new and exciting field.
About the Robotics and Learning Reading Group
In this reading group, we explore the intersection of issues around robotics and learning. Learning has multiple meanings; we look at two types -- 1. machine learning in the AI sense, and 2. how people learn, e.g. how do people learn by building and programming robots and other manipulatives (which become the foundations for learning environments)?
Both machine learning and human learning research share vocabulary like "knowledge," "process," and "learning," but the domains give different meanings to these words. We're interested in building a community of people who are curious about these relationships and whether deeper understandings can be attained by reading the literature from both fields concurrently.
The reading group is led by Profs. Fred Martin and Holly Yanco.
Readings for Fall 2003
The bold link is the current reading.
Readings from Spring 2003
- Probabilistic Algorithms and the Interactive Museum Tour-Guide Robot Minerva
- NavBelt and GuideCane (papers across the hall from Olsen 208)
- NavBelt and GuideCane
- The classic VFH (Vector Field Histograms) paper
- A paper on an updated version, called VFH+, but with less detail
- Jordan Pollack's 2003 AAAI Spring Symposium paper
- Technical paper on the evolution of robot systems
- Language Acquisition: The State of the Art (out of print, used from amazon.com)
- Luc Steels' paper on language learning with an AIBO
- Deb Roy's language learning robots from MIT's Media Lab
Readings from Fall 2002
- The Developing Scientist as Craftsperson
- Technological Prayers: Parents and Children Exploring Robotics and Values
- MachineShop: Steps Toward Exploring Novel I/O Devices for Computational Craftwork
- Ideal And Real Systems: A Study of Notions of Control in Undergraduates Who Design Robots
- Constructionism in Practice: Designing, Thinking, and Learning in a Digital World
- S. Papert: A Word for Learning
- E. Ackermann: Perspective-Taking and Object Construction: Two Keys to Learning
- Karl Sims' paper on evolving virtual creatures
- Jordan Pollack's paper on evolving robots
- The Scientist in the Crib
- Fast, Cheap & Out of Control